Wayne Bowen

Wayne Bowen, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean,
College of Undergraduate Studies

Message from the Interim Associate Dean

UCF is committed to making students’ experience in the General Education Program (GEP) a positive and productive experience. It will enable them to connect learning outcomes between foundational and degree program courses. Wayne Bowen, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for the College of Undergraduate Studies, explains how the GEP enhances teaching and learning.

Over the past five years, UCF’s College of Undergraduate Studies has guided faculty in developing a new model for general education that promotes student success, emphasizes integrative learning, and creates a community among general education students and faculty.

After reviewing general education programs across the country, a team of faculty worked to secure broad campus buy-in for an integrated General Education Program (GEP) with common learning objectives and shared assessment methods. The team collaborated with key stakeholders to develop an innovative program that will help students make and articulate meaningful connections across all learning experiences throughout their time at UCF.

Students in the refreshed GEP program will make strong connections between and among their courses at UCF and their other life experiences, like co-curricular activities, work, and community engagement. They will connect their earliest coursework at UCF with their post-graduation plans.

Faculty can partner to think about course curricula, teaching strategies, and assessment methods and build a strong collaborative community focused on student success. It is also a professional development opportunity to support GEP teaching and research.

Implementation of the GEP Refresh began in fall 2021 and will continue over the next few years. During this time, faculty members will incorporate new learning outcomes and teaching strategies into their courses. We expect all GEP courses at UCF will align with the new approach by the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

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General Education Program Updates

Integrative General Education Experience

Five program-level learning outcomes will provide students with a cohesive learning experience that will enable them to plan, connect and reflect as they move through their foundational learning experiences.

Cultural Interactions

Per Danielsson, Ph.D.

Understand common human themes, have an awareness of diverse cultures, and understand the cultural, historical, economic, and social implications of what they learn. READ MORE

Communication

Andrea Scott, Ph.D.

Become successful writers, speakers, and producers of digital materials in their academic, civic, and professional worlds. READ MORE

Knowledge Application

Bo Chen, Ph.D.

Understand scientific methods and connect and apply them to challenges facing society. READ MORE

Problem Solving

Rachid Ait Maalem, Ph.D.

Be well-informed citizens who can reason and apply analytical, statistical, and computational methods to the challenges of a globally-diverse and technologically rich environment.  READ MORE

Interpretation and Evaluation

Patricia Farless, Ph.D.

Assess and decipher information in a world full of conflicting sources. READ MORE

Faculty Fellows

Annabelle Conroy

Annabelle Conroy, Ph.D.

Lecturer
School of Politics, Security,
and International Affairs (SPSIA)

Amy Darty

Amy Darty, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor, Online Specialist
Faculty Advisor, Student Accessibility Services
Department of History